Requirements for Paraprofessional Employment
Consistent with the academic mission of the University of Illinois and University Housing's values, the following minimum qualifications have been established for the Multicultural Advocate and Resident Advisor positions.
Required at the time of application, and throughout the application process and employment status:
- Currently possess and then maintain a minimum 2.3 cumulative AND most recent term grade point average (fall and spring term GPAs) throughout the application process and employment (first year student grades will be checked after the first fall term). This eligibility requirement is firm.
- Be in good conduct/disciplinary standing at all times from the time of application through employment (not being on active Residence Hall "Censure" or a sanction more severe.)
- May not have been found responsible for any alcohol violation, including being transported for an alcohol overdose or have received University "Reprimand" or more severe sanction for an alcohol violation since January 2017.
- May not have any active no trespass directives for any portion of University Housing or other campus facilities.
- Be enrolled in class full time in accordance with University guidelines with no encumbrances.
- Be in good student employment standing if you currently hold another position within University Housing.
Required at time of appointment:
- Completion of 30 hours of college credits at the time of appointment. (Students in their first semester of school may not be hired for a mid-year position.)
- Minimum of two semesters at a college or university, with strong preference given to students with at least one semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Minimum of two semesters of organized group living experience (University of Illinois Residence Hall preferred).
- Required to arrive on campus on August 7, 2018 for training and preparation to open halls and stay late to close halls at university holidays and breaks.
- Some RAs will be required to work during fall, winter, and spring break periods as Housing has expanded their break housing options for residents.
- Required to participate in all Mandatory Training and Development programs, including weekly evening Staff Development on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. (RAs and MAs) and Monday from 7-9 p.m. (MAs only.)
Required within one semester of employment:
- One time opportunity to successfully complete the required EOL-199, a university academic course for Residential Life Paraprofessional Staff: two credits, 10 weeks, plus a one-day retreat on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
Consider applying for a Multicultural Advocate and/or Resident Advisor if you have the following additional qualities:
- You have a good understanding of the duties of the RA or MA position and what it entails.
- You are ready to educate residents on achieving academic success, being an engaged citizen, developing interpersonal and intrapersonal competence, and social justice exploration - all part of the Illinois Residential Experience.
- You desire to build one-on-one relationships with your residents.
- You can demonstrate effective communication skills, both written and oral. You have leadership potential.
- You desire to lead a community of residents in developing their floor and hall to be an inclusive (safe and welcoming) environment for all students and their unique differences.
- You show an outward desire to work with and learn from people from all different backgrounds.
- You are willing to accept and follow through with responsibility. You have a sincere interest in working with fellow students.
- You have the ability to be "counter cultural" in regard to alcohol use/abuse on campus; that is, if you are underage, you don't drink; if you are of legal age, you drink responsibly.